Arizona’s Fourteenth Annual Transition Conference

Promote Strengths

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Arizona’s Fourteenth Annual Transition Conference

Promote Strengths & Inspire Success

August 25 – 27, 2014

Talking Stick Resort

9800 East Indian Bend Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(866) 877-9897

Information Schedule vendors National Presenters
Registration Monday Tuesday Wednesday

General Information

Arizona’s Fourteenth Annual Transition Conference, Promote Strengths and Inspire Success, is a collaborative, cross-stakeholder professional development event aimed at providing meaningful and pertinent information needed in the transition planning process for youth and young adults with disabilities. This annual conference provides a dynamic array of national speakers, state level experts, and includes participation of youth, young adults, and family members. Session content is structured around three topical strands: (1) strategies for enhancing youth success, (2) family involvement, and (3) interagency/community collaboration. Click on the image below to access the Conference Brochure.

2014 Conference Brochure

coffee Make sure to join us on Tuesday morning (August 26) at 7:00 a.m. for Coffee and Conversation: An Early Bird Session on Arizona Employment First. This session is open to all participants—and don’t worry, you can bring your breakfast to this interactive discussion and hear about new efforts to support employment for all students.
spotlight Calling all youth and young adults! A Youth Transition Party is happening on Monday evening (August 25) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This fun-filled event will have food, music, games, and prize giveaways. Come and share the spotlight!

Directions and Parking Information

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Click on the parking map or select this link – Parking Options – to view parking options at the conference venue.

Purchase Orders for Hotel Guests

If you are staying overnight at the Talking Stick Resort and plan on paying by purchase order (PO), please remember that POs will NOT be accepted onsite. Copies of POs must be received by the Talking Stick Resort at least 10 days in advance of your overnight stay. You can contact Talking Stick Resort reservations by calling (866) 877-9897. If you do not make arrangements by the deadline, you will need to pay for your overnight stay through another method.


Registration for professionals and youth, young adults, and family members is currently at capacity. Walk-in or late registrations will not be accepted. For questions, please contact Jeannette Zemeida at

NOTE: ADE reserves the right to cap total registration numbers from any single organization to allow broader participant registration.


It’s not too late to bring student artwork for display at the conference! We would like to encourage teachers, parents, youth, and young adults to bring student pieces when they register at the conference. Artwork will be accepted for display at early registration on Sunday (4:30 p.m.—6:00 p.m.) and during regular registration on Monday (8:00 a.m.—9:00 a.m.).  Please see the attached Call for Artwork for additional information and/or contact Sophia Estrella at for questions about artwork display.

Please come back to this site for updates about the conference.